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Palisades Park Community Workshop is July 30

(July 19, 2009) The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is inviting interested citizens to attend a community workshop and offer ideas and suggestions on Phase I development of the new Palisades Neighborhood Park in Steele Creek. The workshop will be held Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. (The church is located at 15000 York Road, just east of the entrance to McDowell nature Preserve.)

Palisades Park will be built across York Road from the entrance of McDowell Nature Preserve. The park will be developed on a joint site along with new elementary and high schools. The facilities may share parking, and the park will be open to the public after school hours and on weekends.
Park and Recreation expects to build a neighborhood park, which might typically include a playground, walking trails, picnic sites/shelter, athletic fields, and other facilities. But given the park’s setting within a two school campus, it could be a unique facility in terms of amenities, physical boundaries, and operation. The exact size of the park and schools is still being determined. The community workshop is for the public to discuss their views and recommendations.

Phase I of the park will be paid for with about $311,500 in Park and Recreation bonds, approved by voters in 2008. The preliminary schedule calls for opening the park possibly as early as 2010.  Additional phases of the campus would be developed later.

The elementary school will be funded from bonds approved by voters in 2007 but not yet sold. Construction on the school will not begin before 2010, and the school will not open before 2011. Funding for the high school will come from a future bond issue, which is not yet scheduled.

At the workshop, staff from Park and Recreation and the school system will brief citizens on the status and background of the project. The Southwest Park District Advisory Council will lead an open discussion of community needs and desires about the park.  Two or three workshops will eventually be held for further public participation as the plan is developed.

For more information: contact Park Planner David Nelson: 704 336–8455.